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Online Applications and Tools

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****California 2.0 Curriculum Connections - Online Applications and Tools



Idea #1: Have your students count all the books in their house (not including cook books.) Have them sort them by type (fiction/nonfiction, mystery, sports, subject, size, color -- their choice) and list these on a spreadsheet. [Note: you may want to limit the books to 200.]

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Idea #1, part 2: Have your students count all the books in their house (see above), then create a LibraryThing catalog of at least 25 books. [Or, some students could make a LibraryThing catalog of the classroom book collection.] Note: a discussion of the number and type of books at home will vary greatly, and could be a good discussion. Not all students have access to reading material at home while other homes are floor-to-ceiling books.




Hold workshops for Web 2.0 tools.


Idea #4 Create a Ning for your school staff. It is fun


Idea 5. Instead of a presidents paper report, or an explorer's paper report, have you class create a NING with the students representing their president, explorer, etc. in a social network. Students could add pictures, comment one another etc...


Idea 6. Use Joyce Valenza's wiki to update, rebuild, revise, etc. your library web page for the school 2.0 world - you find her at http://schoollibrarywebsites.wikispaces.com/


Idea 7. Use google tools to share documents with staff that they can then edit and modify for their own class use. This way you can provide them templates for library visits that can be edited for a specific project.



Idea 8. Create a NING to provide a discussion forum for your students and staff-- essentially an online book review/discussion forum!



IDEA 9 - LibraryThing is a great tool for students, too. It could be introduced to students in the beginning of a year and could be set up with categories of books read -- course-related, entertainment, extra-curricular (or a better sounding name.) Over the years, each student will see how much they've read/grown, what their friends have read, and so on. Lots of possibilities. This could become a school literacy strategy.



Idea 10. Google Docs or Zoho are perfect for collaborative lesson planning. We already use a Word template. I'm going to import the template into a Google doc and share. the Google calendar is perfect for scheduling between the classroom, library, and computer teacher.    


Idea 11- Wordle-http://www.wordle.net/. I used Wordle this week with students. I had students watch Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech. Then we found a text version of the speech online and copied and pasted it into Wordle.net. The word cloud it created was then used by students to complete an acrostic poem which spelled out Dr. King’s name.


Idea 12. This website it awesome to help create vocab lists. http://www.visualthesaurus.com/vocabgrabber/# I really like it.


Idea 13. Use DocStoc for free, downloadable documents. Users can upload documents to be used by other users. It is also can be used by students to find documents needed to help with assignments.


Idea 14:  Use http://voicethread.com/  for students to do presidential reports.  They had to to research a president, import a picture of their president into Voicethread, then read their 3 facts about their assigned president.  It is a great Web 2.0 tool and easy for students to use. 


Idea 15:  Use  http://www.googlelittrips.com/ to connect books with the real people, places, and historical events that took place during the setting of the story. 


Idea 16:  Use http://littlebirdtales.com/ to create electronic storybooks with your students.  They can upload photos or scanned drawings and then add voice to create books.  They can then share these with whomever they choose. 


Idea 17 Use Google Earth to map and track events and places that occur in stories, books and historical events.  You can also embed videos, pictures, and images related to those event and places.


Idea 18  Use storybird.com to create stories in a fun and exciting way.  It will motivate the students to write more.  Students can save and publish their work.


Idea 19 Use www.exploratree.com to create personalized graphic organizers.  Site is easy to navigate and tools are easy to use.


Idea 20 Use www.sweetsearch.com for student searches.  This search engine is filtered so search results that student get are from credible website. 


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Luke Shubin said

at 1:41 pm on Jul 6, 2009

As a potential PE online educator, i came across an online quiz for students to find what Olympic sport that is bet suited for them at: http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SPORT/07/09/oly.quiz/index. It would be easy for the students to complete and it could help them to find an activity that interests them.

tswisshelm said

at 8:45 pm on Jun 27, 2011

tswisshelm said

at 8:47 pm on Jun 27, 2011

I love these ideas! They are perfect for elementary age students. Keep em' coming.

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